Conference/Workshop

Rosie Bsheer Mecca keynote

Reflecting on the Many Faces of Mecca, the Lived City

June 28, 2019

“Mecca is lived, experienced, and documented differently by different people,” began Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History at Harvard and author of the forthcoming “Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia,” in her keynote address to the colloquium Mecca: The Lived City, hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in May.

Mecca is characterized by plurality. In two days of lectures, speakers drew on academic, professional, and personal experiences to explore disparate visions of Mecca. The city’s social,...

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2019 Sep 12

Urban Activism: Staking Claims in the 21st Century City

Thu Sep 12 (All day) to Sat Sep 14 (All day)

Location: 

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Urban Activism imageThe Center for African Studies, Dept of Anthropology, Dept of History, Center for History & Economics, CMES, DRCLAS, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, & WCFIA present

Urban Activism: Staking Claims in the 21st Century City
This conference emerges from the shared need to create a collective discourse on how critical urban research and urban political activism are increasingly converging and creating a common field of inquiry and action. It connects scholars in various fields such as planners, geographers, historians, and critical urbanists with activists working on housing rights and the right to urban identity and the city more generally.... Read more about Urban Activism: Staking Claims in the 21st Century City

2019 May 03

Mecca: The Lived City

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall 102, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present Mecca: The Lived City, a colloquium examining the ways in which the city of Mecca is imagined, remembered, represented, and visualized from the perspectives of history, literature, landscape architecture, and urban planning.... Read more about Mecca: The Lived City

2018 Sep 28

Thinking Islam Within Religions Studies: Methods, Histories and Futures

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
presents

moroccan tileThinking Islam Within Religious Studies: Methods, Histories and Futures

Professor William A. Graham retired in July 2018 after a long and distinguished career at Harvard. Please join us for a day-long conference in honor of his career and scholarship.... Read more about Thinking Islam Within Religions Studies: Methods, Histories and Futures

2018 Mar 23

Growing Up in Contemporary Iraq

9:00am to 5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel 262, Bowie-Vernon Room, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Growing Up in Contemporary IraqIraqi Youth center
This one-day symposium will focus on Iraq's youth: what it is like to be one of the 20 million young Iraqis under 30 living in Iraq today.... Read more about Growing Up in Contemporary Iraq

2017 Apr 07

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

Fri - Sat, Apr 7 to Apr 8, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Rm 020, 1730 Cambridge St; Piper Auditorium, Grad School of Design 48 Quincy St

The Aga Khan Program and The Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the CMES Arabian Peninsula Studies Series present

AFTER DARK: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula
In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls and the temperatures with it. This symposium explores typologies of nocturnal landscapes common in the Peninsula, and similar hot climates. During this interdisciplinary event, we will ask who uses night-time landscapes and public spaces, what activities are peculiar to the night and ultimately, how to design for life after dark?

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2017 Mar 30

The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War

Thu - Fri, Mar 30 to Mar 31, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 

Williams James Hall, Lecture Hall B1, Lower Level, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a conference

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this event seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and transformative moment in the history of the modern Middle East. At stake is the search for new sources that can shed light on the war and its long term repercussions for Arab societies.

Organized by: William Granara, Professor of Arabic, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History; Professor of History, American University of Cairo... Read more about The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War

2017 Mar 24

(Dis)entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300-1800

(All day)

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Asia Center, Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard Center for African Studies, Harvard History Department, Harvard Early Modern History Workshop, Harvard Medieval Studies Committee, Harvard Center for History and Economics, Mellon Rare Book School, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs present a conference

Penelope unraveling

This event proposes a new concept—“(dis)entanglement”—in order to provide alternative narratives of the early modern world, 1300-1800. Recent scholarship has emphasized the integrative nature of economic, material, and religious developments. In contrast, we will examine what the “global” could mean in intellectual and cultural interactions in terms of both integration and disintegration across multiple continents and oceans. The conference participants will explore how the notion of “(dis)entanglement” allows us to evoke a polycentric early modern world that is simultaneously connecting and disconnecting.... Read more about (Dis)entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300-1800

2017 Mar 09

Migration, Immigration, Diaspora

(All day)

Location: 

Center for European Studies, Lower Level, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Graduate Conference on International History (Con-IH 17) presents the conference

Migration, Immigration, Diasporamigration

Organized by GSAS graduate students: Tommy Jamison, Rafi Stern, Chloe Bordewitch, Kelly Brignac, Ruodi Duan, Aden Knaap, and Georgia Whitaker... Read more about Migration, Immigration, Diaspora

2016 Nov 16

Fitna: Civil War or Sectarian Conflict? Understanding Political Violence Within the Post-Mandate Arab States

10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of History present a workshop organized by Roger Owen

This workshop aims to historicize violent conflicts in the states of the Post-Mandate territories and to understand the Arabic terminology of violence in a trans-temporal and trans-national framework.... Read more about Fitna: Civil War or Sectarian Conflict? Understanding Political Violence Within the Post-Mandate Arab States

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